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Orthopaedic Gifts: Opportunities and Obligations*
Terry R. Light, MD1
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153. E-mail address: tlight@lumc.edu
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First President-Elect's Address. Read at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association, San Antonio, Texas, June 23, 2006.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 Nov 01;88(11):2521-2526. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.F.00996
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Dr. Swiontkowski, ABC Presidents, ABC Traveling Fellows, distinguished international presidents, AOA members, and guests: I am honored to have the opportunity to address you today.I vividly recall the first meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) that I attended. I was thrilled when my orthopaedic mentor, Wayne Southwick, asked me to join him and his wife, Ann, as their guest at the 1979 meeting of the AOA at the Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto Rico. We boarded a minibus at the San Juan airport for the trip to the hotel. A gentleman climbed aboard, spotted Wayne and Ann, and introduced himself: "John Sharrard—I'm carrying the flag for the BOA." Hmm, I thought, BOA, British Orthopaedic Association. How cool was that? It was difficult for me to imagine that I might someday merit election to membership in the AOA. I feel like Groucho Marx who said: "I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member." The prospect of presiding over this organization in the coming year is humbling.
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